Bee Balm, Scarlet Bergamot (Monarda Didyma) - 20 Seeds

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Scarlet Bergamot (Monarda Didyma) - 20 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly
•Hummingbird Friendly
•Deer resistant
•USDA Zones: 4-9

Scarlet Bee Balm is popular in flower gardens because it is easy to establish from Monarda Didyma seeds and nothing brings in the butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees like Monarda flowers. Monarda Didyma is a perennial herb known as Bergamot, Scarlet Monarda, Oswego Tea and Crimson Beebalm. It is very showy and will have everyone turning their heads. Scarlet Beebalm makes a great cut flower as well! The Monarda flowers are edible and the mint-scented leaves are used in teas or in potpourri. These flower seeds may be sown from early spring up until 8 weeks before the last frost in the fall.

Culinary Uses:
Monarda didyma, also known as Oswego tea is a wonderful perennial herb, both in the garden and the kitchen. Use the showy scarlet blooms and leaves to flavor beverages, fruits and desserts. Cooled blondies (bergamot bars), ready to cut and eat!

Medicinal Properties:
Bee balm is antimicrobial and soothing, so it's often used to treat colds and flu. It also has a soothing effect on the digestive tract and helps to treat indigestion, bloating and nausea.

Planting Instructions:
Directly sow Monarda seeds outdoors in the spring when temperatures begin to warm. Lightly cover the flower seeds and keep them moist until germination. Until plants reach 10 - 12 inches tall, irrigate if rains are poor. Cooler soil temperature at night aids germination. Prefers full sun to partial shade.

•Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
•Depth: Surface sow and lightly cover no more than the thickness of seed.
•Sowing Rate: 4 seeds per plant
•Plant Spacing: 30 inches

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